The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has hit a new “milestone” as the World Health Organization reports in an update today than the number of cases have exceeded 1,000. The global health agency says the current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported from 15 – 17 July 2014.


While no new cases were reported from Guinea, 22 new cases with 10 deaths were reported from Liberia; and in Sierra Leone,  45 new cases and 9 deaths were tallied. These numbers include laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths of EVD.

The WHO says as of 17 July 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the three countries stands at 1,048, including 632 deaths. The breakdown by country is as follows:

Guinea, 410 cases (301 confirmed, 95 probable, and 14 suspected) and 310 deaths (203 confirmed, 95 probable, and 12 suspected); Liberia, 196 cases (76 confirmed, 56 probable, and 64 suspected) and 116 deaths (54 confirmed, 40 probable, and 22 suspected); and Sierra Leone, 442 cases (368 confirmed, 48 probable, and 26 suspected) and 206 deaths (165 confirmed, 35 probable, and 6 suspected). 

The EVD outbreak, the largest in history, began six months ago in Guinea. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

The WHO says the people at greatest risk of Ebola Virus Disease during an outbreak include health workers; family members or others in close contact with infected people; mourners who have direct contact with the bodies of the deceased as part of burial ceremonies; and hunters in the rain forest who come into contact with dead animals found lying in the forest.

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